Hello dear friends! Today I’m back with another basket from my End of Summer Haul! I also have some exciting news, so stay tuned!
Today’s basket was actually one I found at the antique mall where I have my booth:
I don’t usually do too much shopping while I’m there because I’m usually in and out quickly. However, about mid April, I was really missing thrifting and because I could still get into the antique mall while the thrift stores were closed, I decided to take my time walking around the place to get that fix. That’s how I came upon this basket. I believe I paid $18 for it, which was crazy in my honest opinion, but I liked the solid wood top and it was unique.
I started this makeover in the same way that many of my basket makeovers start…with white paint. It really is my favorite for baskets. However, instead of starting with a quick coat of spray primer like I did with the basket I shared on Tuesday, I decided to dry brush this one instead with Dixie Belle’s Cotton:
I added more paint to my brush than I normally would when dry brushing because I wanted it to be more white. I’ve included a few affiliate links so you can find the products I love.
Then I gave the top three solid coats of Cotton…
I looked through my stash of stencils and found one I liked for this basket. I used spray adhesive on the back of the stencil to firmly hold it in place. Then I used craft paint and a small brush to fill in the stencil:
I applied two coats of paint and removed the stencil while the paint was still wet…
You can see all the breaks in the stencil that give it away as a stencil. (Find this stencil HERE.) I like to go back and fill in all those breaks with a script liner brush. You can see how I add stencils and do that in this video if you like:
If you have trouble viewing, find it on YouTube HERE.
When the paint was completely dry, I sanded across the top with 220 grit sandpaper wrapped around an old sanding sponge to smooth everything out and applied a coat of Clear Coat in Flat this time to seal, using the blue sponge.
It is a long way from where it started:
Let’s get a bit closer…
So much more personality now!
I love black and white together…
You can see where I filled in all those breaks the stencil left behind:
I love the dry-brushed finish with the solid white top as well:
This finish is so quick and easy to do since you aren’t trying to get solid coverage. I did the inside the same way.
Wouldn’t this be great in a guest room holding things your guests may need for their stay?
I didn’t seal the actual basket. Dixie Belle says that their paint does not require a sealer and that given enough cure time, it will be perfectly durable without. I’m not sure I trust that for furniture, but for the body of this basket, absolutely! Sealing your piece actually gives it a more lovely finish, so I prefer to seal just about everything, but it would be lost on the weave of this basket.
That’s one more piece closer to being finished with this haul!
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And now for my exciting news!!
This arrived in our driveway yesterday:
That is several thousand dollars in Dixie Belle products! I finally took the leap so that I can ship all my own orders going forward! Since I became a retailer with Dixie Belle I have been doing a Drop ship method where you order from me, I place your order with Dixie Belle, and they ship directly to you. This has worked well for the most part, but I want y’all to get your products as soon as possible and I feel like I can serve you better this way!
I am aiming at getting all orders processed within 1-2 days so you will get your orders much more quickly! I also ship with the USPS which is far quicker than Fed Ex Ground for much of the country. I may still have to drop ship occasionally if I happen to run out of something or for gallon sized paint orders, but it shouldn’t happen too often!
Remember, you always get FREE SHIPPING in my ETSY shop on orders over $50. NO CODE necessary! The discount will be applied automatically. All orders under $50 still enjoy $8 flat rate shipping!
Thank you for supporting my small business!
I’ll be back on Tuesday with my Trash-to-Treasure girls sharing what I did with this ugly duckling:
UPDATE: No need to wait, see how this one turned out HERE now!
Can’t wait to see you then! Have a fantastic weekend!
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